Valencia 2-4 Arsenal (3-7 agg): Auba HAT-TRICK lifts Emery to his 4th UEL final

Valencia 2-4 Arsenal (3-7 agg): Auba HAT-TRICK lifts Emery to his 4th UEL final

Arsenal have booked their place in the Europa League final after putting seven goals past Valencia over two legs in the semi-final clash.

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Match Reports

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a superb hat-trick as Arsenal stormed into the Europa League final by winning 4-2 away to Valencia, progressing 7-3 on aggregate.

Kevin Gameiro’s early opener cut the deficit for Valencia, beaten 3-1 last week, but Aubameyang swiftly hit back for the Gunners at Mestalla on Thursday.

And when Alexandre Lacazette, who scored twice in the first leg, put Arsenal ahead, their place in the Baku final later this month was seemingly secure, despite this week’s European drama.

Match Events

11′ GOAL! Valencia 1-0 Arsenal (Gameiro)

The hosts are right back in this tie now, and could we be in for another comeback? Rodrigo gets away from his marker and slides a great cross into the six-yard box, where four-time Europa League winner Gameiro is on hand to tuck home.

17′ GOAL! Valencia 1-1 Arsenal (Aubameyang)

Well, just as it looked as though Arsenal would get overrun, Emery’s side have sprung to life and delivered what could be a hammer blow to Valencia’s hopes. Lacazette sent a lovely cushioned pass through to Aubameyang, and he made no mistake with an unerring first-time finish on the half-volley.

50′ GOAL! Valencia 1-2 Arsenal (Lacazette)

Valencia’s defence parted in front of Torreira following Gaya’s slack touch. The midfielder quickly picked his head up and found Lacazette who, after controlling it expertly, spun clear of two defenders and slammed home into the bottom-right corner.

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58′ GOAL! Valencia 2-2 Arsenal (Gameiro)

Valencia’s defence parted in front of Torreira following Gaya’s slack touch. The midfielder quickly picked his head up and found Lacazette who, after controlling it expertly, spun clear of two defenders and slammed home into the bottom-right corner.

69′ GOAL! Valencia 2-3 Arsenal (Aubameyang)

Maitland-Niles sends in a low cross, and Aubameyang is on hand at the front post to prod in and make it 6-3 on aggregate to the Gunners. Clinical!

88′ GOAL! Valencia 2-4 Arsenal (Aubameyang)

That was absolutely sublime from Arsenal! They worked a patient move down the right, Aubameyang exchanging a number of passes with Guendouzi before dummying it for Mkhitaryan, whose throughball is perfectly weighted for the former Borussia Dortmund man to slam home high into the net. It’s 4-2 on the night, and 7-3 on aggregate.

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